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Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI | [Stephen King]

Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI

The next-to-last novel in Stephen King's seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower.
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Publisher's Summary

The next-to-last novel in Stephen King's seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower.

To give birth to her "chap", demon-mother Mia has usurped the body of Susannah Dean and used the power of Black Thirteen to transport to New York City in the summer of 1999. The city is strange to Susannah...and terrifying to the "daughter of none" who shares her body and mind.

Saving the Tower depends not only on rescuing Susannah but also on securing the vacant lot Calvin Tower owns before he loses it to the Sombra Corporation. Enlisting the aid of Manni senders, the remaining ka-tet climbs to the Doorway Cave...and discovers that magic has its own mind. It falls to the boy, the billy bumbler, and the fallen priest to find Susannah-Mia, who in a struggle to cope, with each other and with an alien environment, "go todash" to Castle Discordia on the border of End-World. In that forsaken place, Mia reveals her origins, her purpose, and her fierce desire to mother whatever creature the two of them have carried to term.

Eddie and Roland, meanwhile, tumble into western Maine in the summer of 1977, a world that should be idyllic but isn't. For one thing, it is real, and the bullets are flying. For another, it is inhabited by the author of a novel called Salem's Lot, a writer who turns out to be as shocked by them as they are by him.

Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dark Tower series is unlike anything you've ever heard. Here is Stephen King's most visionary piece of storytelling, a magical mix of fantasy and horror that may well be his crowning achievement. Don't miss the other volumes of Stephen King's The Dark Tower.

©2004 Stephen King; (P)2004 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"There's something about a crippled, black, schizophrenic, civil rights activist-turned-gunslinger whose body has been hijacked by a white, pregnant demon from a parallel world that keeps a seven-volume story bracingly strong as it veers toward its Armageddon-like conclusion....The biggest cliffhanger of King's career." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Alex CHICAGO, IL, United States 08-21-12
    Alex CHICAGO, IL, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The ending of the story begins"
    Would you listen to Song of Susannah again? Why?

    I would listen to this again (in fact, this is my second time through the DT story). Another great reading, and this is the book where you start getting lots of answers to the DT mystery. While books 4 and 5 are tangentially related to Roland's overarching story, Song of Susannah picks up the arch and drives the plot further ahead than any book since Drawing of the Three. If you are thinking of stopping the series at Wolves of the Callah, do yourself a favor and pick up this one.


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    Grady J. San Diego, CA 08-17-12
    Grady J. San Diego, CA 08-17-12 Member Since 2008
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    "My Least Favorite Book of the Dark Tower Series"
    What disappointed you about Song of Susannah?

    I got so bored with the Susanah/Mia situation. In the first place I could not imagine the one person/two person transition. And it just went on, and on, and on. I was really glad when this book ended.


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    See above.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well, I don't especially care for George Guidall, I was spoiled by Frank Muller, but Mr. Guidall did an OK job. I guess he is growing on me.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The book sparked boredom in me. Let's get on with the story, OK?


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the first few books, but maybe this series is just a little too long for me. I'm listening to the last book now, so it won't be long. One thing I really like about Stephen King is his character development, and their interaction with each other. One of my favorites was Duma Key.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenya LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 05-10-12
    Kenya LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The calm before the storm..."

    THis book was a nice start to the ending of the Dark Tower series. It helped develop some characters and let them shine in their own way by splitting up the ca-tet. It was good to see how each characters, both old and new, role in the story is important and the start of how it all ties together.

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    William Hice Chicago, Il 04-17-12
    William Hice Chicago, Il 04-17-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not good . . ."
    What disappointed you about Song of Susannah?

    The story was ultimately pointless. King starts to put a lot of mystic lingo that is just antithetical to the spirit of the first books.


    Has Song of Susannah turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No I read them all


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes George Guidall is great!


    What character would you cut from Song of Susannah?

    I don't really remember any characters.


    Any additional comments?

    A sad sign of the last book to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 12-17-11
    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 12-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "A Head Scratcher. Why?"

    This is really the beginning of the end for me. The story takes a noticeable dip in quality. Horror and gore become the center piece and less sci-fi / fantasy feel. Now it feels like a flight of ideas from the author with filler to complete the series. This coupled with Guidall brings the series to a dramatic low in quality. How I finished this book I still don't know.

    For some reason I feel King decided to just wrap up this series and move on to other books he really wanted to write. You just kept asking yourself, how did I get to this from those great books 2 and 3. When did the series derail. And this time Muller is not available to save it. Guidall just drives it further into the ground.

    I think a Stephen King fan is the only one who will enjoy the end of this series. Most will put the ipod on double time and just get through it. Guidall's narration actually sometimes seemed better in double time. Go figure.

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    Michael Shirley, MA, United States 10-15-11
    Michael Shirley, MA, United States 10-15-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Dud in an otherwise excellent series..."

    Steven King has obviously becomes bored with this series... at one point he sums up the who storyline of the series in a single chapter, more information concerning the plot then in all the other books combined. Then... we write HIMSELF into the story line as a character in the book. I put this one away for awhile and may or may not have interest to pick it up again... not the way I wanted to remember this, up to now, simply outstanding series of books by Steven King.

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    Dave Clifford, ON, Canada 07-24-11
    Dave Clifford, ON, Canada 07-24-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Couldn't Stop Listening..."

    It's interesting that the pacing of the novels continues to increase as the series continues - in book 1, we have the Gunslinger making his way across the desert, seemingly without any particular deadline but still with a purpose. Now in book 6, the characters seem to have so much to accomplish and so little time to accomplish it - pulled in so many different directions by their fears, their duty and Ka (their fate). It is unimaginable that I not continue reading these books - Stephen King's masterful story weaving has tied me to the fate of the characters as surely as any rope or chain.

    Great reading by George Guidall as usual.

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    ericbyers Malvern, AR, United States 04-19-11
    ericbyers Malvern, AR, United States 04-19-11
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    "Great Story"

    All is coming to a climax at this point, will they live will they die, will the tower stand of fall. Jam packed with action and a nice little paradox, along with Mia's development you might find she is not so evil.....ok she is evil but.... lol

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    Sharron RIVERDALE, ND, USA 04-12-10
    Sharron RIVERDALE, ND, USA 04-12-10
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    "KING, STEPHEN"

    I have liked and read king's books for years. He has a way of making a person half crazy. I waited for the end of the Dark Tower stories for a long time.

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    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 02-16-10
    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 02-16-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Finally going somewhere."

    I've listened to each of the books before this one wondering why I was sticking with the series. Despite King's writing and storytelling showing improvement with each installment, the series just seemed to be wandering around, like a tv series with no real ultimate goal except to keep the characters doing something.

    This book finally does something. It begins to delve into questions of why, and it takes some clever turns, and King really seems to be enjoying it now. Be sure to listen to the Coda at the end, too--it's not just a footnote, it is part of the story. At least I think it is.

    I almost gave this one five stars, but there are parts that still seem unsatisfactory to me. Much of Susannah's tale seems strained, for instance, as though King was trying too hard to make it work. Overall, though, a strong book. I've given others in this series a four when I felt they were three and a halfs, and this one I give a four when it's a four and a half. I'm stingy with fives, or I'd round it up.

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